Tim Paterson sells software to Microsoft for $75k that goes on to generate billions

Tim Paterson sells software to Microsoft for $75k that goes on to generate billions

When IBM approached Microsoft seeking a 16-bit operating system, the company had to scrape around to put one together. Rather than writing a new one from scratch, they made overtures to Tim Paterson’s Seattle Computer Products for its existing 86-DOS (aka QDOS) system. Microsoft bought a non-exclusive license for $25,000. The following year it paid…

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